Favourite Season

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 Dress: Lagamta

Shoes: Gorman (similar here)

Of all the seasons I like autumn the best. It probably comes from growing up in Canberra, where they really do do the best autumns: A temperature cold enough to cut, but the air will be absolutely still with a perfect blue sky high above.

Melbourne’s only turned on a few of cold clear autumn days since I moved here ten years ago. It tends to be a greyer, damper affair than up in my home town. But I still love it.

I love dusting off my boots and cardigans. Tights, jackets. Cold enough to warrant a quilt on the bed, but not bone chill enough to make it (more!) difficult to get up in the morning.

This year I’ve been looking forward to autumn because the lovely ladies at Lagamta had sent me a couple of pieces from their Lines: Winter Collection.

The two women behind the Lithuania-based Lagamta are Siga and Jurga, and their friendship – and eventually business partnership – began when Siga came to Jurga to have her wedding dress made.

The motto of the company is Clothing items, made with love, from the very best materials. To be worn proudly which is something I wholeheartedly endorse.

Reading their blog gave me a little more insight into the company and their ethical business practices. They’re conscious and aware of where their materials come from – right down the thread and buttons. When Lithuanian linen proved impossible to find (the last Lithuanian farmer stopped growing it seven years ago) Jurga and Siga sourced fabric that had been woven in Lithuania from raw materials grown elsewhere in Europe. They do this to limit the carbon footprint that their business holds. They have not lined their winter items for the same reason – unable to find a lining fabric that fit with their stringent boundaries (cotton production is notoriously bad for the environment) they chose to leave the garments unlined, and suggest that people wear a slip if they’re sensitive to wool (I am, so I do).

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The dress that I chose to try is the Fireside Wool Dress which has been designed for snuggling and comfort. It’s loose-fitting, but hardly shapeless, with a defined waist created by some very clever geometric seaming that both conceals and makes a feature of a pair of deep and practical pockets.

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The sleeves are probably a little bit wide for my taste, but cuffing takes a lot of the volume out of them.

The soft folded neckline is a really gorgeous feature of this dress. Equally casual and chic, it somehow manages to make my short (I’ll freely admit it) neck look vaguely swanlike, and provides a beautiful frame for collarbones.

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The fabric is an 80% wool blend with a very fine herringbone weave. It’s not too scratchy, but I did choose to wear a slip underneath it. I got the XXL because I liked the look with a bit of volume. Jurga makes each piece to order I believe, so you just need to get in contact with them and let them know if you have special requirements (I also got a pair of trousers, gave them a heads-up about my gigantic calves, and the resulting pants fit beautifully)

They’ve just released their spring/summer collection as well, for those of you heading into the warmer months.

FFFWEEK – Day 2

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Top: Gorman

Skirt: DIY

Belt: I.D.S.

Shoes: Mercanti Fiorentini (via DSW)

Day two at Full Figured Fashion Week was pretty exciting for me, because the Fashion Front got the opportunity to attend the Press Day Event, which is usually closed to the general public.

This meant that we could wander around and speak to each of the companies and labels that would be featured during FFFWeek, and not just the Big Names, but some smaller indie companies, the vast majority of which were completely new to me.

I was like a kid in a candy shop, hearing first hand from the designers behind labels like Nakimuli (bold graphic prints on form fitting pieces like leggings and swimsuits), Amiee (fabulously gorgeous luxury fashion with an astonishing eye for textiles), and Sean Anthony Designs (some lovely classic outerwear pieces).

Some of my favourite destinations from the day included:

DSCF1675 DSCF1676_2“Live Unlimited” is a new brand that will be distributed exclusively through Evans and have some great, grown-up pieces with a lot of movement, drapery, and luxe fabrics.

DSCF1682_2 DSCF1681_2Huudaverti are an Australian brand that just launched last year. The bright, bold prints caught my eye. The designers work with beautiful fabric as a base point, and where possible avoid using zippers or buttons. That way the garment can be worn differently each time, and on each different body.

DSCF1683_2 DSCF1684_2The tribal print trend is so popular right now, so the outfits on show from Rue 114 were getting a lot of well-deserved attention. The prints and colours were just such a fun riot, and I love some of the pieces I’ve since seen on their website.

DSCF1686_2This red dress from Youtheary Khmer is a show-stopper, and it’s absolutely my ultimate power colour. If I ever need a dress from the runway….

DSCF1679_2This silver cape-dress with custom-made FULL METAL (no elasticised back here) belt turned my head the second I saw it walking past. No ridiculously elegant looking, and the model swore black and blue it was one of the most comfortable dresses she’s ever worn. It’s from the French brand “OnOz“. I thought this dress was particularly up my aisle, but I’d be hard-pressed to decide between that and this.

One brand I was particularly excited about was Singaporean label “Kaylene“. The designer was wearing a super-cute printed dress with a peter pan collar, and the whole cookbook just screamed my name. I was obviously too excited to remember to take photos, but I’m hoping to see a bit more from them during Friday’s Indie Designer Showcase.

Another highlight of the day was getting to meet Gabi from Gabifresh, whose blog Young Fat & Fabulous was one of my big inspirations for starting Frocks and Frou Frou way back in 2008.

Gabi’s just done a hugely successful line of swimwear for Swimsuits For All, and she was there to support their new line “Swim Sexy”.

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In this picture both Gabi and Marie Denee are rocking bustier tops from Jibri, and Marie also wore a Jibri dress for White Cruise. It has made me feel VERY STRONGLY that maybe I need to give them a second chance after all these years.

It’s still hot in New York, and my feet have been killing me. Between events I dropped into DSW to have a browse, but I ended up walking out with two new pairs of shoes, including these soft little slipper-style loafers. I’d more or less given up on the possibility of finding a pair that suited my wide feet, but these are delightful! And comfortable to boot.

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